Past Events

22 July 2021

Showcase and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Online

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New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.  Join us  to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

An entrepreneur who has perfected a ten minute investor pitch with the help of NEF coaches will present their company and take questions from the audience.

Plumly

Patrick Ciccarelli is Co-Founder and CEO of Plumly, a sales engagement platform for the IT service provider sector. He also founded and led Varsity Technologies as CEO; a San Francisco IT service provider.  Patrick began consulting with K-12 schools and non-profit organizations in the early 1990s after several years as an educator. His career has spanned 3 decades focused on the use of technology to improve social good. Patrick has held leadership positions with the Ingram-Micro (IM) Services Advisory Council and VentureTech Network. Patrick is co-author of four technology books: Networking Foundations, CCNA Jumpstart, CCDP Exam Notes, and MCSE Jumpstart from Wiley, Inc. Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

 

Pitch Pit

This month, selected entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Contestants

Chris Budnik is the Founder of Heiroom Inc., a platform for families to share and document their history. 

Anita Greene is the Founder of  Bark Park 24, an  indoor dog walking park that will actually resemble an outdoor park.  It will be open 24 hours a day to accommodate all schedules.  

Mara Willemin is Head of Growth for Trustpage, a single, connected hub for customers and vendors to establish trust, assisted by AI.

Judges

Anne Partington  of U-M Tech Transfer is the Commercialization Director for the Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization (MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation) Program.  A veteran of the automotive industry, Anne comes to U-M Tech Transfer with more than twenty years of global leadership experience at FCA (Stellantis) and General Motors across purchasing, program management, and product development engineering as well as a deep bench in corporate training experience in purchasing strategy, culture building, and transformational leadership. Most recently, Anne was a director of Entrepreneurial Services, managing director of the SPARK East innovation center and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lead for the regional economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK. Anne worked with public/private sector partners and companies to promote inclusive economic opportunity while mentoring high tech companies to scale and commercialize in her role as an entrepreneurial services and DEI leader. Anne earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from U-M, followed by an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Anne is also trained in diversity and inclusion, is a certified professional innovator, serves on CADIA’s board of advisors, and the 2021 Women In Mobility Board.

Kory Scheiber is a Business Consultant for the Greater Washtenaw Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. Whether it is one-on-one consulting or facilitating workshops, Kory works with all types of clients, through a spectrum of industries, to help them plan and grow their businesses. He has been teaching entrepreneurship with The Business Side of Youth for over ten years, and is part-time faculty at Washtenaw Community College. Kory also serves as the Board Treasurer for Digital Inclusion, a non-profit refurbishing technology for underserved communities in southeast Michigan. Recently, he was the Business Development Representative for the Detroit Micro-enterprise Fund Corporation where he assembled loan packages, presented to the Loan Committee, maintained relationships with the local community development corporations, local businesses, and training programs. He took applicants through the loan process from business planning through launch and growth. He holds four degrees through his MBA with undergraduate and graduate concentrations in Entrepreneurship. He has worked two and a half years in Retail as a Certified Lawn and Garden Specialist. He also spent twelve and a half years in Design and Build to Order Manufacturing where he served as; Assembly Technician, Tool Crib Supervisor, Shipping Receiving Manager, Project Manager, and Repair Department Manager. 

 

Networking

At the conclusion of the Pit Pitch, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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17 June 2021

Showcase and Panel

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

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New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.  Join us  to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

An entrepreneur who has has perfected a ten minute investor pitch with the help of NEF coaches will present their company and take questions from the audience.

Will Winn Games

Will Winn Games Inc. is a new East Lansing-based game studio established in Q4 of 2020 and launched out of the Michigan State University Game Development Program, Spartan Innovations, and Red Cedar Ventures. WWG was founded by faculty and former faculty of Michigan State University's number 1 ranked game development program1 and is staffed by MSU GameDev alumni and veterans of the game industry. The initial game that Will Winn Games is launching is a game called Plunder Panic, a swashbuckling multiplayer action arcade game that supports both local and online multiplayer up to 12 players at one time in each game. In May of 2021 WWG obtained an exclusive license of Plunder Panic IP from MSU, establishing an excellent start for WWG’s gaming IP portfolio. The mission of the company is to design, develop, and publish compelling video game experiences that enrich individuals’ lives and help foster enhanced relationships with friends and family.

The company leadership team consists of CEO Matthew Rudd and the two Co-Founders Will Jeffery and Brian Winn. MatthewRudd has over 34 years of Global Business experience, leading companies within the Medical Device and Aerospace markets, managing global organizations with total Commercial, Operational, P&L responsibilities and for the past five years he has worked within the Michigan ecosystem as an (EIR) Entrepreneur in Residence with Spartan Innovations and The Lean Rocket Lab with extensive experience with assisting startup companies with launching their businesses. Will Jeffery is a video game producer and instructor from Detroit, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Michigan State University, studying game design and development. Brian M. Winn is the Founder and Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University and a Full Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Read more.

Panel Discussion

"How to Impress Investors with Your  Startup's Traction."

A panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and other experts will provide their perspectives on this critical topic for early stage startups. 

Moderator

Martin Dober is Senior Vice President, Invest Detroit & Managing Director, ID Ventures. With more than 18 years of experience in early-stage technology ventures and in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Dober’s primary responsibility is to provide investment capital and support to early-stage and high-growth companies in the region.  Previously, Mr. Dober was senior vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He also held senior positions in several small technology companies, including iRobot Corporation, American Systems Technology, Inc., and EIP, Inc. He holds director and board observer positions for portfolio companies Shoptelligence, Greenmark Biomedical, Akadeum, PicoSpray, and Detroit Materials. He co-founded and leads Hacker Fellows, a talent-retention and attraction program that places diverse computer science talent into Michigan startups. Mr. Dober received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science from Kettering University (formerly GMI) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Panelists

Katie Hall is Founder and CEO of Claira, a competency matching platform that connects people to work instantly, based only on what they can do. No job descriptions. No resumes.  Katie spent seven years in global workforce development building competency models and helping companies and policy organizations prepare for the future of work.  She regularly speaks and writes on a variety of topics including the digital economy, diversity hiring, competency analytics, AI ethics and automation impact on the workforce. Previously, she worked in the White House Office of Global Communications and spent four years with the White-Collar Crime Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Hope College. 

Jeffrey Mason is Chief Executive Officer of Groundspeed Analytics, a leading data sciences firm he founded that serves property and casualty insurance companies like Aon, Willis Towers Watson, Travelers, The Hartford, Swiss Re, and Liberty Mutual. Mr. Mason has spent the last 20 years creating and leading high-growth insurance and insurance technology companies. Prior to Groundspeed, he has led teams in sales, marketing, product, and analytics in numerous roles at full-stack insurance and insurance technology companies. From 2002 - 2015, Mr. Mason led alternative risk financing and alternative risk transfer programs at Chelsea Rhone where he formed and managed casualty insurance companies globally for hundreds of clients. Mr. Mason holds a BS, Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Michigan.

Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the Founder of Ripple Science. He received his undergraduate degree in Music and Psychology from the University of South Florida and his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan.  As a professor at Michigan, he conducts research on stress and mental health in adolescents. In 2016, he created a web-based application designed to improve the recruitment and retention of participants in his clinical studies. This software became the foundation of Ripple Science, a University of Michigan spinoff that is now a growing Ann Arbor-based tech startup. The Ripple software is now being used in over 100 Universities and clinical trial sites in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Terrence J.L. Reeves is a member of Irish Angels, a Chicago-based leading angel group that invests in early-stage startups across the U.S. He currently serves as chairman of the group’s board of directors. Recently, Terrence co-founded Commune Angels, a Detroit-based, diversity missioned angel community that invests in U.S.-based scalable software, consumer products and life science companies. Commune leverages inclusion to drive better outcomes for investors, portfolio companies and their customers. Terrence serves as Partner-in-Charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Ann Arbor office, where he chairs the firm’s venture capital team. His practice includes representing startups and emerging growth companies at all stages of development, and the investors that fund them. Terrence advises clients across a broad range of industries, including digital health, consumer products, energy, cyber-security, mobility, and other emerging technologies. Terrence’s recent investments include Malamo, Tribu and AboveBoard.
 

Networking

At the conclusion of the main program, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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20 May 2021

NEF Showcase and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

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New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.  Join us  to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

An entrepreneur who has has perfected a ten minute investor pitch with the help of NEF coaches will present their company and take questions from the audience.

Centri

Nicolas Théorêt is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centri. Each year, propane distributors waste over $1.5B on unnecessary deliveries. Centri seeks to help these distributors eliminate the waste in their delivery operations by offering them a simple IoT solution, the CentriConnect platform. Centri's solution helps propane distributors minimize their delivery costs, optimize their operations, and grow their customer base. The technology has been in the beta testing phase with a propane distributor since March 2020 and the company is preparing the business for a commercial launch in the coming months.

CEO NicolasThéorêt is a mechanical engineer and software developer with technical sales experience in the IoT industry. He is a current Venture for America fellow and has worked primarily on sales teams of successful IoT startups based in Detroit.

 

Pitch Pit

This month, selected entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Judges

Danny Beckett Jr. is Founder & CEO of Assemble Technologies, a flexible talent matching platform that matches organizations small and large with elite independent contractors for flexible hourly, project, part-time, and full-time engagements, on demand. Danny says “Before an entrepreneur, I’m a family man, husband, and father to two boys. After that, I am all about startups and business. I am a former professional motorcycle athlete turned serial entrepreneur. For over a decade, I’ve been obsessed with starting and building venture-backed technology companies that move the workforce forward.”

 

Debra Grega, M.B.A., Ph.D. is Business Development Director for Fast Forward Medical Innovation at the University of Michigan. Debra joined the team from Ohio where she led the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM, a joint Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic-led consortium) from 2004-2010. She brings over seventeen years of international, commercial biotechnology experience and has worked on both the scientific and business aspects of new biotechnology commercialization. Debra received her M.B.A from Anderson University in Indiana, a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kentucky, and completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan and Colorado State University.

Allison Murdock is an Analyst at Invest Detroit Ventures where she aids the team in sourcing and screening early-stage Michigan-based companies. Prior to working with ID Ventures, she gained experience in early and late stage investing with Intel Capital and Greenspring Associates. Allison also serves as Content Chair for VentureNext, a national professional peer group of rising venture capital investors, where she leads the strategic planning and creation of digital content for members and the public. Allison is a recent graduate of Morgan State University where she earned a degree in finance.

Contestants

John Aron is the owner of Aronetics, an Ohio-based company offering offensive and defensive tools services in the area of infrastructure security. John attended Kent State University.

 

Richard L. Bollinger is developing a browser-based project management platform and collaboration tool for organizations in regulated industries, like medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Rick is CEO of Menlo Park Associates, a management consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. and has two degrees from the University of Michigan: a Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering (cum laude) and a Master's degree in computer engineering.

Rhys Gogonis the founder of AUXIN Games, a video game design company that creates educational, fun, and engaging gaming software that changes the way students interact with biological concepts. Rhys is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Microbiology. 

 

 

Networking

At the conclusion of the Pit Pitch, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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15 April 2021

Online Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

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Thursday April 15, 2021 - 4 PM

Panel: “How to Impress Investors with your Business Plan Financials”

Moderator:

Jack Miner Chief Investment Officer, TEDCO. At TEDCO, Jack stewards diligence and investment processes, leads the Builder, Seed and Maryland Venture Funds and investment portfolios to maximize the financial return, and ensures a lasting impact for the State of Maryland. He reports to the CEO providing insight to advance TEDCO’s investment activities, leads investment teams, completes all investment transactions, effectively maintains portfolio development and ensures compliance with all investment policies and guidelines. Jack recently spearheaded 20Fathom’s HealthSpark in Traverse City, Michigan to engage provider, payor, and patient organizations to provide support for rural healthcare and this underserved patient population. Jack’s most recent leadership position was at Cleveland Clinic Ventures as Managing Director where he spearheaded the development of a new corporate venture team for investing in internal startups and external early-stage companies while managing these companies with appropriate governance and oversight. Jack also deployed a robust investment process to co-invest in companies that were strategic to the Clinic. Before joining Cleveland Clinic Ventures, Jack worked for the University of Michigan as Director of the Venture Center where he championed the Mentor-in-Residence Program, the Business Formation Team, and the Venture Accelerator under the Office of Technology Transfer to accelerate new startup ventures to the marketplace. He achieved top status in the industry with over 300 companies in the portfolio. Jack was part of Computer Associates before it went public on the NYSE and subsequently was acquired. Jack also served in senior management and board positions for Enhale Medical, Custom Orthopedics, Juventas Therapeutics, and Navigate Cardiac Structures, among others.

Panelists:

Jeffrey Basch Co-founder and CFO, Fifth Eye Inc. Jeff co-founded Fifth Eye, an Ann Arbor venture funded company that develops intuitive real-time clinical analytics to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital costs. In March, Fifth Eye received their FDA De Novo grant authorizing the commercial launch of their Analytic for Hemodynamic Instability, known as AHI. AHI can continuously monitor any patient with an ECG for hemodynamic instability — a leading cause of death for critically ill or injured patients. Jeff built his broadly adaptive skills over 14 years at early-stage start-ups and 17 years at General Electric. He started his 30-year career as a chemical engineer in a manufacturing plant. After a stint in research and development, he followed one of his products to a sales and marketing position in Automotive. As a sales manager he was directly responsible for contracts worth over $30M a year. When Jeff left GE in 2007, he was managing a team of 19 spread across North America and responsible for over $200M in annual revenue. Jeff officially joined the start-up finance world in 2008 as business manager for Accio Energy. He has been CFO of Fifth Eye since its founding in 2018. Jeff has now managed early-stage financing of over $20M from a broad array of sources including multimillion dollar transactions with venture capitalists, angels, and US and State agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and Public Service Agencies. Jeff has built financial systems from the ground up to support the most rigorous requirements of venture capitalist and government agency audits. His experience in many different functional areas allows him to speak the language of all customers. Jeff views Finance as a cross functional role whose mission is to make others successful with strategies developed from credible and timely data.

John Freshley – President, Fresh Venture Development & Co-Founder, Bioscience Navigators. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Prista Freshley is a high-energy entrepreneur, company builder and leader that has founded, launched, and/or led 10 early-stage life science companies over the past two decades. Currently, as President & Owner of Fresh Venture Development and Co-Founder of Bioscience Navigators, John is focused on being “helpful” to scientists, founders, and/or companies within the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Michigan and Portugal as an advisor and/or in interim leadership roles. Within Michigan, he serves as Executive Chairman of Curio Genomics, Head of Corporate Development for Asalyxa Bio, and Venture Partner at Orange Grove Bio. In Portugal, he serves as an Advisor to A5 Ventures, an advisor to P-Bio (the Portuguese biotech association), and a faculty mentor to ITQB Start-up, a collaboration of life science research institutions from around Portugal that is based out of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he coaches 6+ teams annually to plan the launch of new start-up concepts. Outside of Michigan and Portugal, John also serves as Interim EVP of GenomiCare, Inc, where he is leading the launch of a real-world evidence (RWE) clinical genomics company to serve pharma and biotech interested in high quality, patient-centric real-world oncology data in Chinese patient populations. Previously, from 2013 through April 2019, John served as President & CEO of ONL Therapeutics, an emerging ophthalmology company focused on preventing the death of retinal cells, the leading cause of permanent vision loss. Prior to ONL, he led the launch of Compendia Bioscience in 2006 as its Start-Up CEO for 2 years. He continued to serve the company for another 4 years as Chief Business Officer until its acquisition by Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher) in 2012. 

Mike Klein CEO, Genomenon, Inc. Mike is the CEO of Genomenon, an Ann Arbor venture funded company, commercializing a genomic search engine that leverages Artificial Intelligence to organize the world’s genomic knowledge and put it at the fingertips of clinicians to diagnose patients suffering from rare diseases and cancer, and researchers to create precision medicine targeted at these diseases. Prior to this, Mike was a 4-time serial entrepreneur with several successful exits under his belt and 30 years of CEO experience starting, building and growing high tech, software companies. He wrote the business plan for his first company, Steeplechase Software, while in the MBA program at the University of Michigan and started the company in 1993. Steeplechase was #89 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies when it was sold to Schneider Automation in 2000. In 2001, he led a turnaround at Interlink Networks.  In 2008, Mike joined Online Tech as Co-CEO, and sold the company 4 years later for a 10X return to its investors.

Alumni Presentation

A Showcase Presenter from the past is invited to return to present an update on their business and share lessons learned.

Hygieia

Eran Bashan, PhD is CEO and Chairman of Hygieia. Hygieia's d-Nav® Program was created to improve and simplify insulin treatment to make a difference and help more people who are on insulin therapy succeed. The d-Nav® program uses an FDA-cleared app to identify glucose patterns and automatically recommend an insulin dose each time the patient injects. Eran has over 20 years experience in leadership, execution, research, innovation, and team building. He co-founded Hygieia in 2008 and demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization. Prior to Hygieia, Eran managed R&D at OTM Technologies, a startup company focusing on unique optical sensor applications. Prior to OTM, Eran was with Elbit Systems (NASDAQ:ESLT). He also spent several years as a lecturer. Eran started his career in the military as a field officer where he was a Company commander in the Armor Corps. Eran holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Eran was a Showcase presenter at New Enterprise Forum in 2008.

Networking

At the conclusion of the Forum, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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18 March 2021

Showcase & Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

ONLINE

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New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.  Join us  to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

An entrepreneur who has has perfected a ten minute investor pitch with the help of NEF coaches will present their company and take questions from the audience.

Tenacity

Jason Yaeger is Co-Founder and CEO of Tenacity. Tenacity Cloud solves the most persistent and costly problems facing public cloud management. Tenacity delivers Compliance, Security, and Visibility with a light weight SaaS solution for every IT Team. Tenacity does this through real time monitoring, immediate guidance, and prioritized remediation steps to correct human errors that would otherwise expose your organization. Tenacity addresses security incidents, compliance audit findings, and unchecked financial waste at scale. CEO Jason is a technology industry veteran with an entrepreneurial drive and a bias for action. He grew a secure and compliant cloud managed service providers revenue by 10x, culminating in a successful exit for investors at 12x EBITDA.  Jason graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in Accounting and Finance.

 

Pitch Pit

This month, selected entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Contestants this month include:

John Haas is the founder of Illuminate Prosthetic, offering a software app which prosthetic providers will have their patients use to track and summarize  information about the fit, comfort level, pain location and pain intensity.  John is a a Prosthetics and Orthotics Master's Student at Eastern Michigan University and will be graduating this April. He believes creating platforms for efficient business practices within healthcare can significantly improve patient care and  streamline the insurance billing process.

 

Arohi Jain is the founder and CEO at BreezeBubble, offering a smart mask designed for high comfort and protection. Arohi has a background in Computer Science Engineering and recently graduated from the Master of Management program at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. 

 

Benjamin Shniper is the founder of Pittsburgh Financial Advisors and is developing AI products to help hedge funds to make returns that exceed the market. As a CMU-trained computer scientist with 10 years of AI and Cloud architecture experience, his history includes being a registered financial advisor and technology consultant helping early stage start ups building products from scratch which got funding, customers.
 

Judges for this month's event are:

Fathi Abdelsalam is Entrepreneur in Residence at TechTown Detroit, Adjunct Professor at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business and Founding CEO of Akibah Health. He founded Akibah Health while finishing his graduate studies at Cornell University with the objective of empowering people to live healthier lives. Prior to AkibaH, he served as a senior patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he was immersed in the latest high-tech inventions pertaining to new methods of doing business. Fathi is very passionate about developing scalable solutions that have substantial social and economic impact and is a member of several entrepreneurial communities, including Techstars, TechTown Detroit, Seamless IoT, Startup Weekend, and Start-Up Chile. Fathi holds a master's degree in international development and entrepreneurship, and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in industrial engineering and economics. With Detroit’s renaissance in full swing, he decided in 2019 to relocate from Silicon Valley to his family's hometown to serve as a resource and catalyst.

Ken Massey, PhD is the Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Senior Director of Venture Development at Wayne State University. He has 28 years of experience in biomedical research and business. He is responsible for identifying start-up opportunities and facilitating efforts of WSU entrepreneurs to create companies that will license and develop WSU technology. Before joining Wayne State, he was managing director of MicroDose Life Sciences and its associated venture capital fund, LifeLine Ventures. Prior to MicroDose, Dr. Massey was an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology at the University of Michigan before joining Pfizer where he was responsible for the scientific and operational aspects of several drug development programs. Massey received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and his Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
 

Evan Ufer is a Partner at Plymouth Growth, where he focuses on sourcing and executing lead investments in technology-based businesses. Since joining in 2014, he has led six of Plymouth’s investments and has been involved in many other successful financings. Prior to Plymouth, Evan served as Vice President at Quilvest Private Equity in New York. He focused on evaluating and executing direct private equity investments – buyouts, recapitalizations and growth equity – in such industries as software, telecommunications and manufacturing. Previously, Evan worked in real estate private equity for The Carlyle Group’s senior housing division, Carlyle Senior Housing. Evan began his career as an architect at SmithGroup, one of the oldest and largest architecture and engineering firms in the U.S. Evan earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating with High Honors, and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Virginia, also with High Honors.
 

Networking

At the conclusion of the Pit Pitch, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

18 February 2021

NEF Annual Awards Event

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February 18, 2021

4 PM - 6 PM

Join us for a celebration of entrepreneurship. In addition our Showcase Presentation, we will present several awards to entrepreneurs from the region.  Also, join us after the main program for a fun Networking Session.

Showcase Presenter

Eebu Health

Harvey Goodman founded his first company when he was 18 to help cover the costs of college and sold it for a case of beer 4 years later. After working at several software start-ups, he co-founded his second company in Ed Tech. He sold that business to the education division of News Corp. When Newscorp sought to shed its investment in education, he bought it back, grew revenue, and sold it again. Harvey is a start-up advisor and investor.

Harvey co-founded Eebu Health to address a problem his partner, Dr. John Hollingsworth, had observed: it is difficult to ensure patients follow-up as prescribed and the human and financial costs of forgotten follow-up can be devasting. For example, 17,000 men with low-risk prostate cancer become high-risk each year without anyone noticing, simply because they did not do their follow-up testing. Eebu Health drives hospital revenue while decreasing the costs of missed care.

 

Entrepreneurs of the Year

New Enterprise Forum is pleased to recognize the co-founders of  WorkIt Health as its Entrepreneurs of the Year. Workit Health offers digital evidence-based substance use disorder treatment including medication for opioid and alcohol use disorders in Michigan and beyond. Workit’s patient-centered web and mobile apps bring gold-standard substance use disorder treatment to the privacy of home, with therapeutic interactive recovery curriculums, video visits with clinicians and counselors, online recovery groups, and virtual drug testing. Workit Health also partners with health plans, community organizations, and local governments to improve access and outcomes. The company raised $12 million in its latest funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Other investors in the Series B round include Blue Cross and Blue Shield Venture Partners, GingerBread Capital, Lux Capital and actor Rob Lowe, a leading advocate for mental health and recovery.

An experienced entrepreneur, designer, and builder, Robin McIntosh is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Workit Health. She's founded multiple companies and has worked across startups, brands, and business communities over the past ten years. Robin’s expertise lies in crafting and executing business growth strategies, as well as building innovative and compelling consumer experiences. A designer by training, she excels at solving industry-scale problems through user-centered research, design thinking, and craft. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, most recently at Stanford, Yale, and the University of Michigan about design, innovation, and business strategy.

Lisa McLaughlin is a social entrepreneur, researcher, and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Workit Health who holds Masters of both Social Work and Information from the University of Michigan. She’s laid the groundwork in Michigan and the greater U.S. for effective strategies for on-demand substance use disorder treatment and prevention resources for health plans, employers, and individuals. As Principal Investigator on Workit Health’s initiatives with the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she’s developed digital interventions to solve for social determinants of health and algorithms to measure and predict substance use recovery. In 2019 she was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and winner of the Lyfebulb and United Healthcare Innovation Challenge.

"Best of 2020" Awards

The New Enterprise Forum will also recognize outstanding entrepreneurs in the categories of Best Presentation, Best Technology and more. Company founders who were Showcase Presenters in 2020 are eligible for awards:

  • AuraLabs, Robert Alexander
  • CardioGenerics, Bill O’Neil
  • Connect To My Attorney, Peter Staver
  • eSimplify, Pradeep Kalmat
  • Modus, Ali Alhimiri MD
  • Rizzarr, Ashley Williams
  • ZoomBroom, Randy Kuchuck

Join our February Forum to find out who the winners are!

Networking

At the conclusion of the awards presentations, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can "virtually" rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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21 January 2021

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

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Online Event

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New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.  Join us  to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

 

BACKBOARD

Anthony Montalbano is a co-founder of Backboard. Previously, he ran a software consulting firm in Detroit, MI. For over 8 years he and his team built enterprise e-commerce, advanced analytics, and sales platforms. He has consulted with multiple QSR pizza companies, most recently Jet’s Pizza. He previously worked for Domino’s Pizza as a tech lead on the e-commerce experience, visual pizza builder, and pizza tracker. 

Anthony co-founded Backboard in 2020 to create a new touch-less communication experience for frontline employees in organizations with numerous locations. In 2021, Backboard is launching in 400+ restaurants in the US.

Pitch Pit

This month, selected student entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Contestants

Jacqueline Sun and Taylor Hurley from the University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute will present Brassi. They are passionate about entrepreneurship and the health food space and joined forces in November of 2020 to bring their vision to life. Brassi is a start-up focused on providing an easy-to-make, shelf stable, and flavorful cauliflower oats bowl as full-nutrition oatmeal. Each flavorful ‘cauli-oats bowl’ contains a plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fat, complex carb, and (hidden) vegetable.  

Jake Roach from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University will present CAPNOS.  CAPNOS' mission is to prevent some lung diseases with a better alternative to vaping that addresses the behavioral addiction to vaping. The CAPNOS Zero uses only air but provides a deep-hit sensation with flavor that has already helped test users quit vaping successfully. After graduation, Jake hopes to continue working with CAPNOS to help people live happier, healthier lifestyles and help save lives along the way.

Gavin Hubbard from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University will present Catch Software.  Gavin also held the position of Battalion Commander of MSU Army ROTC in 2020 and will be commissioned as a Logistics Officer in 2021. Catch is an app which allows users to see a running feed of everyone at their same location. Whether you are at a concert, bar, club, business conference, stadium, or anywhere else. Catch makes it easier to connect with others, turning a real space, into a virtual one.

Judges

A panel of esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams:

Diane Bouis is the Innovation Program Manager at the Office of Tech Transfer Venture Accelerator where Diane’s role is to bridge the gap between academic science and entrepreneurship, working closely with faculty founders, industry mentors and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem inside and outside the university to identify and leverage the resources for startups to thrive. Prior to this role she practiced and taught Lean Startup principles and intrapreneurship in Fortune 1-50 companies as an innovation consultant with the Inovo Group. In her spare time Diane co-founded and ran a local non-profit healthcare hackathon, Ann Arbor Health Hacks (A2H2), an experience that developed her knowledge and passion for the Southeast Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Brandon H. McNaughton, PhD is CEO and co-founder of Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. Brandon’s goal is simple: to create new and useful technologies that solve real-world problems. This has spanned his efforts in scientific research, venture capital, and in starting two tech companies over the last 10 years. Now, he is working on a next generation technology in the life sciences—using microbubbles to capture and isolate cells, DNA, and protein. Brandon also co-developed and teaches the entrepreneurship practicum—one of the first courses of its kind at the University of Michigan. Brandon earned his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan and lives in the countryside south of Ann Arbor.

 

Jeff Rinvelt is Principal at Renaissance Venture Capital. Jeff’s diverse background in venture capital and technology along with his experience working in various start-up ventures uniquely positions him to advise startups. In addition, Jeff is quite active in the Michigan start-up community, volunteering his time to mentor young entrepreneurs, judge pitch competitions, and guest lecture student classes and organizations. Through Jeff’s work on the Fund, his volunteer efforts and his role on the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s board of directors, his passion for fostering a productive environment for venture capital investment in the State of Michigan is clearly evident.  Jeff earned a BBA from Western Michigan University and currently serves as a Trustee of WMU.
 

Networking

At the conclusion of the Pit Pitch, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can "virtually" rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
 

 

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19 November 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month the main presentations will be from 4 PM to 5:30 PM followed by Virtual Networking opportunity from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

AGENDA

4:00 - 4:10 Welcome/Updates

4.10 - 4:35 Showcase Presentation

4:35 - 5:30 Panel Discussion

5:30 - 6:15 Virtual Networking

Showcase Presentation

CardioGenerics

CardioGenerics offers innovative, reusable/disposable surgical devices. CardioGenerics has redesigned the traditional, single-use, disposable heart stabilizer into single-use suction pods that snap onto a multiple-use flexible arm.  The hard-to-clean, blood contact parts are designed for single use.  The flexible arm is expensive.  Hospitals can clean and re-sterilize the flexible arm multiple times at half the cost of single-use heart stabilizers.   These products will save a hospital $1300 or 4.2% for every surgery done on Medicare patients. These savings could be the difference between profit and loss for Medicare reimbursed surgeries.  This patent pending innovation of splitting single use devices into single and multiple use components could disrupt the $156 billion medical device market. Bill O’Neill is the founder of CardioGenerics and a veteran of three medical device startups.

Panel Discussion - "Technology Trends in the Startup World"

A panel of experts will discuss current trends in technology and their effect on the world of startups and investments. We have invited early stage VCs to provide their insights to our entrepreneurs.

The panel will discuss what technologies investors are finding interesting, what are the trends for 2021 due to COVID-19 and post pandemic, and what VCs are observing and deciding their investment strategies, and their advice to early stage startups on strategies and preparation for 2021 based on these trends.

Panelists

Terence Craig is Director of Entrepreneurship at The Impact Seat and is responsible for a portfolio of over 60 companies and several venture funds. Terence is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and worked for startups for almost his entire career.  A few years ago, Terence decided to use his expertise and experience as a black founder and a deep technologist to support other “non-traditional” founders in navigating the startup landscape. Terence joined the executive team at Astia Angels and ran a pilot program of investment and support for Women of Color called the Representation Program.  Terence is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
 

Aziz Gilani is a Managing Director at Mercury Fund, where he focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, Cloud and data science startups. Outside of Mercury, Aziz serves in advisory roles for the Mayor of Houston’s Tech and Innovation Council, Seed Accelerator Rankings, and SXSW Interactive. He is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business where he teaches a course on venture capital. Aziz is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program through the Center for Venture Education, where he completed industry-defining field work on Seed Accelerators.

Krish Ramadurai is a Principal at Neue Fund – an early-stage venture capital fund that invests at the intersection of healthcare, life sciences, and deep technology. Neue Fund utilizes evidence-based approaches to invest in and scale breakthrough scientific innovations to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Neue Fund’s portfolio consists of 30+ companies cumulatively valued at more than $2B. Furthermore, Mr. Ramadurai is a multi-published scientific author, scholar, and researcher. He earned an MBA in healthcare and strategy from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in biology from Harvard University, and bachelor’s degree in integrative biology and economics with a chemistry minor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

David Wezdenko is Founder and CEO of Blue Leaf Ventures. Since 2018, Blue Leaf has been actively building an investment portfolio of diverse, compelling, high growth start-up companies.  David provides advice and guidance on critical focus areas including financial management, capital raising, scaling for growth and network building.  Prior to founding Blue Leaf Ventures, David held senior executive positions, including COO roles within the J.P. Morgan U.S. Wealth Management and Investment Management businesses.  Additionally, David was CFO and CAO at Evercore Partners, helping to lead that company through a successful IPO. David is a graduate of Boston College and active in several organizations with missions that focus on education and empowerment for underserved populations in New York City.
 

Panel Moderator

Patti Glaza, EVP & Managing Director of Invest Detroit, will moderate the panel. Ms. Glaza joined Invest Detroit in 2014 with over 25 years of experience in the tech sector. Her primary responsibilities include sourcing and facilitating the development of early-stage and high-growth companies by providing guidance and investment capital. Previously, Ms. Glaza managed the Michigan office for Arsenal Venture Partners, a national venture capital firm focused on IT, energy, and industrial technologies. Ms. Glaza is an advisor/board member for organizations that include: Michigan Venture Capital Association, The Great Lakes Protection Fund, University of Michigan’s M-TRAC – Advanced Transportation Oversight Committee, and GreenLight Detroit. She holds director positions for portfolio start-ups Genomenon, MicroLam, HT Mobile and Ripple Sciences. Ms. Glaza is an active entrepreneurial instructor for the NSF/NIH I-Corps. She earned a BA in International Relations/Economics from Michigan State University and and an MBA from the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.
 

Virtual Networking: 5:30-6:00 PM

Join us for virtual networking after the main event to meet with the panelists, NEF members and other attendees.

REGISTER

The ONLINE ONLY meeting opens at 4:00 pm and will end at 5:30 PM.

Registration is required in order to obtain access to the online meeting. In your registration confirmation email, you will receive Zoom meeting link and password to join the meeting.

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15 October 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting. 

Register Here

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means going VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

ZoomBroom

Randy Kuckuck is co-inventor of the ZoomBroom and CEO of Aceleon, the company which is developing the ZoomBroom.  ZoomBroom makes cleaning off your deck, patio, sidewalks, and steps a breeze. Its slim, lightweight design makes it easy to store in a convenient location in your home, so it is always handy and ready to tackle these cleaning challenges. Leaf blowers are great for clearing leaves off your yard in the fall, but the ZoomBroom is designed for more common, everyday tasks around the house.

Randy is a graduate of MSU and Loyola Marymount Law School in Los Angeles. Randy started his business career as CFO of BookCrafters in Chelsea, MI. He then joined All Media Guide in Ann Arbor as COO. He helped grow AMG from $2M to $10M in revenue and positioned it for sale to Tivo for $72M. He has also served as COO of Muze. In 2010 he founded PublishNext, an online book publisher, which he later sold to Thomson-Shore in Dexter. Since the sale of PublishNext, he has worked as a consultant, started a non-profit, and is a presenter at publishing conferences.

Pitch Pit

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Contestants

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Melissa Davis, Defyne Hair. Defyne Hair is a beauty tech platform that identifies products with the highest possibility of working for your unique hair type.

  • Marianna Kerppola, Poisera. Poisera uses machine learning to address the mental health treatment gap ensuring moms receive during pregnancy or postpartum the right support at the right time.

  • Maria Mikhailova, Love & Vodka, A Film. It is an upcoming independent feature film with a young American in Love with an Ukrainian girl.

Judges

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams:

Katie Bigelow is the owner and founder of Mettle Ops, an engineering and federal contract consulting company centered on Warfighters Serving Warfighters.  Katie started Mettle Ops in 2013 knowing defense contracting was the place where she could make an impact for the warfighter. Mettle Ops has won 9 contracts since that start in 2015 and have been awarded over $33 million in Army contracts, including a prime government contract worth over $19 million. Katie spent ten years in the US Army, first an enlisted soldier and completing her last seven years as a warrant officer and Army aviator. With over 1,000 flight hours including two years in combat, Katie is experienced in intense environments and critical decision making. 

Linda M. Fingerle, CPA, MBA is President and Managing Director of Tappan Hill Ventures and has over 25 years of business and finance experience, including eight years serving as CFO and Principal of EDF Ventures in Ann Arbor. While at EDF, she served as a board member and acting CFO for a tech start-up internet technology company. Earlier, Linda served on the board and was Audit Committee Chair for Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. a Michigan based biotech company. She provided strategic & financial consulting to an Ann Arbor based biotech start-up culminating in a successful exit in 2009. Linda earned her MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University.

Gwen Jimmere is CEO and founder of Naturalicious and has cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. Her products can be found all around the world, in over 1200 retail stores, including Ulta, Whole Foods, and Sally Beauty.  A respected authority in the hair care industry, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner. Gwen is based in Detroit and, when she’s not strategizing her next business move, you can find her hanging out with her son Caiden, Naturalicious’ CCC (Chief Candy Curator).
 

 

 

REGISTRATION

The event is FREE. Registration is required. The webinar meeting starts at 4:00 PM and will end at 5:30 PM.

Check registration confirmation email. You will receive one click Zoom link to join the online meeting.  Make sure to download free Zoom Client App prior to joining the meeting.

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17 September 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

Thursday September 17 at 4 PM ET

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Showcase Presentation

MODUS

Ali Alhimiri, MD is the Principal Founder of MODUS and is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician who has been providing cost-effective, high quality care to thousands of patients in Southeast Michigan since 2002. His experience in treating patients with pain led directly to the development of MODUS, a digital health platform that improves patient access to evidence-based care, enables employers to implement value-based contracting technology, and rewards physicians for positive outcomes.

 

Panel Discussion - "Selling and Marketing in the Year of the Pandemic"

A panel of experts will discuss how entrepreneurs are responding to the unusual conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Marketing Officers, Sales Directors and CEOs will share their perspectives on operating in a virtual world and explain the B2B sales and marketing strategies they are deploying to meet the unique challenges of acquiring new customers in the midst of lockdown orders, an economic crisis and a public health emergency.  

Panelists

Mike Klein is CEO of Genomenon, a genomic health IT company that keeps pace with the constant advancements made in genomics and connects that research to patient DNA to help diagnose and treat patients with rare and inherited genetic diseases. With over 25 years of developing, building and growing 4 different high tech companies, Mike raised over $50M in capital and had several successful investor exits.

 

 

Raffaele Mautone is CEO and Founder of AaDya, a Detroit-based startup founded in 2019 to provide smart, simple and effective cybersecurity solutions to small and medium sized businesses. Raffaele’s strategic thinking and effective leadership have been instrumental and paramount in his career as an IT, Sales and Operations professional.  His extensive experience in the IT and Security industry serves as the platform of Aadya.  His consistent record of leading teams through successful acquisitions, strategic planning and implementation and deploying large, multi-tiered complex programs has served companies such as Duo, FireEye, McAfee and Dell.  Raffaele also has experience in implementing marketing and sales strategies positioning companies for future growth and deploying applications and business process improvements to assist with bookings, leads and new go-to-market programs. 

Mark Shalinsky, Ph.D., is a data scientist who now focuses on sales and revenue operations. As the fifth employee at Duo Security, Mark built the inside sales infrastructure and kicked off sales operations. Following his tenure at Duo, Mark built out a similar infrastructure at FatStax, a sales enablement company acquired by BigTinCan. By day Mark works as the Director of Inside Sales and Sales Operations at SkySync; by night, Mark shares insights with small and medium-sized companies that are struggling with their sales and revenue operations.

Bill Taylor is a Fractional Chief Marketing Officer with Chief Outsiders, a firm of 70+ Fractional Chief Marketing Officers. Bill applies his passion for technology to helping technology CEOs achieve profitable, sustainable growth. Over the last 35 years Bill has had roles as  a corporate CMO, VP of Sales, and Strategy Executive with companies ranging from early stage startups to multi-billion-dollar businesses. At Chief Outsiders he helps companies find their growth engines through a strategic planning process and go-to-market plans that bring the strategy to life.

Moderator

Paul Henchey is Vice President of the New Enterprise Forum as well as a consultant to healthcare software companies, providing expertise in strategic product marketing, software product management, content marketing, software design and strategic product planning. His management experience spans both Fortune 20 companies and small start-ups. Paul has a successful track record in helping companies of all sizes launch new software products and grow new revenue streams.

 

ABOUT

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.

We will showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Make plans to join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

REGISTER

The ONLINE ONLY meeting opens at 4:00 pm and will end at 5:30 PM.

Registration is required in order to obtain access to the online meeting. In your registration confirmation email, you will receive Zoom meeting link and password to join the meeting.

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